More than 100 companies manufacture ESE, or easy serving espresso, pods for espresso machines and gadgets like the Handpresso, so the worry need not be where to buy, but what. Just make sure the pod is designated as ESE, which is smaller in diameter than other pods on the market. The Handpresso does not work with any other type of pod, such as those designed for Senseo, Melitta, Tassimo or Nespresso machines.
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Covim Caffe of Italy brings several different flavours of ESE pods to those Handpresso users who are able enjoy its offerings: it is only available in certain European countries, and may be purchased on Handpresso's website. Covim presents single and sampler versions of its ESE pods, notably the Gold Arabica, Gran Bar, Orocrema and Suave Decaf. Composed of varying proportions of Arabica beans to Robusta, each type of pod carries a distinctive trait, such as smoothness in the Gold Arabica, strength in the Orocrema and balance in the Gran Bar. You can choose between 200-count individual flavour pods, or a sampling of all four roasts.
Espressione, based in the UK, gives you three choices of ESE espresso pods to use for your Handpresso: 100 Percent Arabica, Regular and Decaffeinated. The first possesses a bright clean flavour that is enjoyed in northern Italy, while the Regular with its earthier notes is favoured in southern Italy. The decaffeinated version is a lower-caffeine version of the latter type of espresso. Pods come in 18 and 150 count and are packed for the company in Italy.
Gaggia offers three different flavours of ESE espresso pods for the Handpresso. Gaggia 100 Percent Arabica is made from Central and South American Arabica beans. Gaggia's Decaffeinated pods boast lower caffeine content while preserving the coffee's smooth flavours and aromas. For a spicier blend, Gaggia Intenso pods combine South American Arabica with Indian Robusta for a bright note to your espresso. You choose from 20-count packages for each blend, or 100-count cartons for the Arabica and Intenso.
Pod Merchant Sampler
If you cannot decide which ESE pods to choose for your Handpresso, take your pick from a sampler that allows you to try several different flavours and see which ones you prefer. Pod Merchant presents a 22- count ESE pod sampler, including Pod Merchant private label 100 Percent Arabica, Pod Merchant House Blend, Pod Merchant Stout and Pod Merchant Decaffeinated. Pod Merchant's House Blend is made in the Neapolitan style and is self-described as both hearty and smooth. It may be drunk straight or in lattes and cappuccinos. Pod Merchant's Stout is a blended Arabica and Robusta which drinkers of strong espresso may prefer: the body, crema and caffeine of this pod are heartier than in its regular blends.
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